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Coast Guard seeks help in finding operator of kayak, skiff found adrift in separate incidents

  • COURTESY U.S. COAST GUARD

    The Coast Guard is searching for the owner or operator of an unmanned adrift black kayak found 1 mile offshore of Kahaluu Beach Park, on the Big Island today.

  • COURTESY U.S. COAST GUARD

    The Coast Guard responded to a report of an unmanned 10- to 12-foot purple skiff found washed up in the vicinity of Laenani Neighborhood Park on Oahu Saturday.

The Coast Guard is asking for the public’s help in finding the owner or operator of a black kayak that was found adrift a mile offshore in the area of Keauhou Bay on Hawaii island and a skiff found near Molii Pond in Kaneohe Bay on Oahu.

A good Samaritan reported finding the unmanned black kayak at 10:40 a.m. today near the Kahaluu Beach Park, which was closed today because of the high surf.

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point searched this afternoon for a possible person in the water.

Anyone with information is asked to call Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at 842-2600.

The Coast Guard also asked for help in finding the owner or operator of a brown and blue skiff found near Molii Pond in Kaneohe Bay today.

A caller reported the skiff washed up at a beach near the pond at about 1:49 p.m. The Coast Guard also received a call from another good Samaritan, who reported at 12:23 p.m. that he had been watching the skiff drift near Mokolii Island for about 3 hours.

The Coast Guard urges oceangoers to file a float plan and to leave it with a reliable person who could notify authorities if they do not return as planned.

“In addition, it’s important to label your watercraft with contact information, so that if found adrift, we can help identify the owner and determine whether or not that person is in distress,” Lt. Nicholas Spence, a command duty officer at Sector Honolulu.

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